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If you have a loved one who’s looking to learn English, both you and your friend might be a little nervous about such a big undertaking. But luckily, there are things that you can encourage your loved one to do that will help them to learn English in such a way that they can quickly pick up the language and start speaking it with you.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ideas to help your loved one learn English faster.
Focus On Conversational Skills First
When you think back to when you were learning English in school, you might remember lessons about grammar and other language rules. But while these things are important, these aren’t the best lessons to start with then learning English from the beginning. What you actually should be focusing on is learning how to speak conversationally first.
As part of this, you should speak to your loved one in English as much as possible and encourage them to speak to you in English, too. If they need even more practice than this, getting them an English tutor or just introducing them to other English speakers can help them learn how people actually use the language and how to best communicate with people who speak English.
Try Full Immersion
While you can learn a language by doing just a small amount of practice each day, if you’re really wanting to pick up on a new language quickly, you’ll need to try immersing your loved one in the language completely.
To do this, try to get your loved one to read, watch, and listen to all media in English. If this can be done for at least six hours each day, your loved one will be able to learn so many English words, understand how sentences are put together, and will much more quickly be able to speak, read, and write in English for themselves.
Summarize Anything You Read Or Hear
Oftentimes, people find that they start to understand parts of what they are reading or hearing before they feel like they are able to actually speak a new language themselves. So to help move this process along at a faster pace, you should have your loved one summarize everything that they’ve just read or heard in English.
By telling someone what it was that was said or what it was that they read in English, they’ll learn not only how to decipher what someone else is communicating in English, but they’ll also be able to work on their own communication skills, which is vital for gaining a mastery of the language.
If you have a loved one that’s working hard to learn English but wants to progress faster than they presently are, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them along.